Beware! Longer TV hours can add to your waistline

Beware! Longer TV hours can add to your waistline

The more hour’s people in their 30s spend watching television each day, the higher the likelihood that they will have a greater body mass index and bigger waist circumference five years later, according to a study conducted at the University Of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, USA.
This association did not hold for people in their middle age, indicating that young adulthood is an important time to intervene and promote less television viewing. “We were quite surprised to find that television viewing was associated with subsequent obesity for young adults, but not for the middle aged,” said lead author Anthony Fabio, assistant professor of the study, which was conducted over 15 years.
The researchers analysed data from 3,269 adults. The participants reported their television viewing habits and had their waist circumference measured and their body mass index (a measure of weight and height that can indicate obesity) calculated every five years.
The more time participants spent watching television when they were approximately 30-years-old, the more likely they were to be obese five years later, compared to their peers who spent less time in front of the television.
The researchers suspect many potential reasons for this association, including that young adults may be more likely to snack during television viewing and consume unhealthy food and beverages. (AGENCIES)